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Ossining Football Determined to Rebound in 2011

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining varsity football team entered the first day of practice last Friday with one goal in mind -- improve on its 2010 season. Ossining, after a successful 2009 season, finished with only two wins in nine games last year. This was unacceptable for a program that has been among the best in Section 1 for the last 25 years.

“The fact is we were pretty much in every game we lost last year,” said senior quarterback Brian Connolly, who returns for a second straight year. “We could just never pull it out.”

Ossining also had to adjust to bigger opponents, as it moved up from Class A to Class AA. This year, Ossining is prepared for the competition, based on the off-season work the team did. Once the 2010 season concluded, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Connolly, who recently signed to attend Bucknell and play football next year, and his classmates went to work.

“We went right down to the weight room and began preparing for this season,” Connolly said. “We were disappointed with last season.”

The underclassmen soon followed the current senior class into the weight room. “We wanted to lead by example so we wanted them to come down and see us working hard,” Connolly said.

Connolly is one of five senior captains, along with Marc Clancy, Justin Escobar, Davonte Harrell and Sebastian Montenegro. Their work ethic has trickled down to the underclassmen.

“It’s exciting to see the new guys and everyone willing to work hard,” Connolly said. "We want to prove that last year was a fluke and that we are still a very good program."

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